Global Gypsy Charity Poject
This is a huge vision and I can not pull this off by myself as I need a team of
people to make it happen and a whole lot of money. I am happy to contribute
a percentage of all I earn to the not for profit global gypsy society to advance
these ideas. But as a solo parent I can only do so much and for the next few
years while the twins are at school I am limited in time and funds.
The Vision: To establish a network of travellers cafes throughout the world
as a franchise concept operating on a not for profit basis to act as an
interface between those with skills with those that want to learn something
new to improve their futures. Each cafe will be run by volunteers which will
be training those less fortunate like orphans and the children of sex workers.
These people have a bleak future unless they can be upskilled. It is hoped
that some of the positions will be paid to establish the cafe and those that
cannot donate the time can maybe donate towards its implementation like
leasing premises or land for growing organic food for the cafe. Grants could
be provided to enlist a permaculture manager to train and oversee the farm
in 6 month blocks. I see a cafe which operates on a pay it forward system
where you are encouraged to pay what something is worth and by what you
can afford. This system has been tried before in India and in California with
great success. There will photographs of those wanting to learn a skill and a
profile on notice boards in the cafe so travellers can identify directly with
them. I am not forseeing people fixing peoples homes but directly relating
and teaching practical skills. It is hoped to have a classroom upstairs and
paid translators available and If you can teach one person then we could
advertise in the community to see who else wants to learn this topic
because if you can teach one person you can teach ten. The cafe could also
use the classroom for documentary and film screenings and live music
events with travelling musicians. Lonely Planet would most likely get behind
the project and promote this in their Volunteer travel guide.
THE WEBSITE: A website could be established www.globalgypsy.org or
another name where we could create a global site where those with
knowledge can exchange to those that want to receive. We trialled
Karamea in NZ where those in the local community chose a day in the
month of January to offer skills to the community all for free. One day was
flax weaving, another a tour of a permaculture farm, composting toilets, free
hydro electric power plants, chainsaw use and maintenance. It was hugely
succesful and a lot of knowledge was shared and everyone benefited, both
givers and receivers.
RECEIVING IS A GIFT TO THE GIVER gerar toye
The Back story: In my many years travelling in India i have taught many
hundreds of people how to juggle and play didjeridoo ( using cardboard
tubes from fabric), two things I could share which didn't need education &
little language, two things that if practiced they could produce an income for
an unskilled person with a little practice and symbolically if you can learn a
new skill which you thought you could never do then what else is
achieveable if you took the time to try something different.
I went to offer my services and skills to Mother Teresa in Calcutta however
hit a brick wall with the administration. I had offered life time royalties from
any photographs I might take of her doing her daily business, not taking her
time or posing for photographs. These response from them just asking for
money which I didn't have, however my skills could provide them with many
thousands of dollars over time. I was dissillusioned with this process and
honored there rules of no photographs however I did get to hang out with
Mother Teresa who just wanted me to pray. In hindsight I wish I hadn't of
followed their rules as i had my instamatic pentax in my pocket & the image
I wish I had taken was of her barefeet on the concrete floor. Mother Teresa
was born with deformed toes where they all splayed out at a 45 degree
angle and to me it was more my style of image, but it didn't happen and she
died not long afterwards. I later went on to work at Dr Jacque's clinic in
Calcutta until the monsoon rain flooded the marquee we were
operating out of with water up past our knees.
THE MOVIE: Holy Cow Shit is a film I am writing to promote this idea and
raise the funds to establish this concept. I need a cafe to shoot a scene for
the film but if someone wants to donate maybe we don't need a set but can
actually set up the first cafe instead. Please read the synopsis for the film on
the film page. I feel this film will launch the project worldwide for funding.
The Future: I see the possability of this concept being expanded throughout
the world (like Pokhara and Thamel, Nepal, Hoi An in Vietnam, Angkor Wat
in Cambodia etc.) and replicated as a franchise of not for profit cafes using
the skills of travellers to make the world a better place. This way no one is
specifically using resources flying around the world as the helpers are
always out there, India alone has five million tourists a year and many more
mature travellers are looking for ways to make a difference. I am excited by
the amount of younger woofers that have stayed with me and at Rongo's
and the Living in Peace project in Karamea and have been inspired to want
to learn, share and help. There is no better high than giving. This doesn't
just have to be restricted to third world countries but for instance could work
in places like Alice Springs and Darwin training Aboriginals who want to
learn skills. There are also many global travellers coming through Australia
that have more empathy than many Australians but no way to interface with
the aboriginal community.
IF YOUR DREAMS DON'T SCARE YOU THEY AREN'T BIG ENOUGH
George Bernard Shaw
Work for global gypsy & Yourself
Do you have a retail outlet or a friend with a shop, does the markets or festivals?
Then you can order product wholesale and make some money by turning others
onto products that actually inspire and create small changes in the receivers.
Few products actually inspire growth and it is ideas that do that. Check out the
wholesale page for the catalogue and find out who buys global gypsy products.
Find Distribution and Sales Contacts
I am looking for someone who can be the home central office in the USA and in
Europe, probably Germany which can send out quantities of books or cards to those
who order from the internet and from shops. It needs to be someone who is settled and
has some space in a dry shed, room or garage. We have 125 shops in Australasia so
the potential in Europe could be 500 - 1000 shops which would provide the income for
management of global gypsy and like minded suppliers and provide income so I can
make movies that will inspire and create change and make the global gypsy cafe
project a reality. This would not happen until the new SEEK book is completed.
I could then do the Birmingham and Frankfurt Trade shows to collect shops which
would then need servicing for reorders by post.
I am looking for Sales Reps anywhere in the world that sell into the new age or
alternative market although the new SEEK BOOK will be more mainstream.
If you do markets or festivals anywhere in the world I can provide stock that can
compliment your existing stock. I am looking for assistance in setting up distribution
channels in advance in your country. This is what I would need you to do.
LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION
Go to your favourite store and ask to speak to the buyer. You might have to make an
appointment as the buyers are not always in the shop,
Show them the colour book and tell them you represent an artist who has sold 15 000
books & half a million cards and we are looking for the name & contacts of who could
be the best Distribution and Sales company that could sell these books and or cards in
Tell them the next book is 300 pages hardback and will be in English with 10pt
translations in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian,
Mandarin and Japanese.
The Seek book will NOT contain and drug references or nudity images even though the
public like the edgy choices the latest book will be G rated so a good family book of
inspirational ideas. This is ideal for corporate gifting and fundraisers for schools and
clubs. There shouldn't be any resistance from shop buyers.
Stock of the Smile book, Black and white & the Colour book is available now in the U.K.
From our office near Belfast. These books have never been sold in any shops in
All three books have sold out of the first run and have all been reprinted in Australia,
Sweden and New Zealand and will be superseeded by the Seek and You will find book.
What do they think would be the suggested wholesale price be to shops?
What would be the suggested Retail price be to customers?
Who would be the best three distributors we should approach in your country?
This is the most important question as finding the distribution channel is paramount to
having people involved who already supply to thousands of outlets. It was a friend who
has managed to connect with Alpha Omega distribution in Madrid to take 500 copies of
the new SEEK book in ten languages, however it is not yet finished but will be ready in 2015
Would they like to try them in their store?
Let me know if they want to and I can then send them a catalogue from here with some
free samples. Email me first so I know what you are up to in which country and can give
you specific advice
Manage the Sales & Distribution of the Orgastick Worldwide
An offer is available for someone to take the orgastick to market worldwide.
Imagine a massage stick that means you can massage your back as hard as you like
for as long as you like which weighs only 265 grams. Let me know if you are interested.
This is based on the Shiatsu pressure point system however actaully offers deep tissue
relief as well. Reccomended retail price is $49 australian
Please check out the invest in global gypsy page or in the web shop